Bear spotted crossing 31 in Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 October 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by David Rotoli

ALBION – A black bear created a stir on Route 31 on Thursday afternoon when it crossed the road heading north, about a half mile east of Riches Corners Road.

David Rotoli and his wife Shari just happened to be driving by at about 5:30. They and other motorists pulled over to take pictures.

“It meandered across the road,” Mrs. Rotoli said. “It was awesome.”

There have been numerous bear sightings in the county this year, but this may be the closest to the village.

People should be cautious if they see the bear. A bear isn’t expected to attack, but if it feels cornered or threatened, it could be aggressive, said Tom Roster, manager of the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge.